Wednesday, May 23, 2012

A Season of Rest

1There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:
2a time to be born and a time to die,
    a time to plant and a time to uproot,
3a time to kill and a time to heal,
    a time to tear down and a time to build,
4a time to weep and a time to laugh,
    a time to mourn and a time to dance,
5a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
    a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
6a time to search and a time to give up,
    a time to keep and a time to throw away,
7a time to tear and a time to mend,
    a time to be silent and a time to speak,
8a time to love and a time to hate,
    a time for war and a time for peace.
- Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

The past week and a half has been a time of rest and rejuvenation for me. I ended my “season” of studying and school work, and have temporarily entered into a season of much needed rest. Overall, the semester wasn’t overly grueling, but my mind, body, and spirit were ready for a good period of rest. Honestly, I’ve spent the last 10 days or so not doing too much. After our conference track meet in Wichita, I came down with a cold and spent much of the time recuperating, and thankfully had a lot of downtime to just do a whole lotta notta! I was able to read some good books and magazines, watch a few good movies, and not have to worry about studying and working on an assignment. I even got a week break from running, which was great too.
I remember some of my high school teachers warning me about how worn down you can get from a semester of college. I was never really sure if it was true, because I never experienced any kind of burnout from high school. I’ve certainly discovered that they were correct!
This past week I’ve begun to slowly ease back into a normal routine again (I even woke up at 9:00 yesterday!). I’ve been trying to make it a point to hang out with as many friends as possible; I leave for Ann Arbor on Tuesday! I’ve also gotten to spend a good amount of time with family so far too, which I’m thankful for! It’s going to be busy out at Michigan, it’s crazy that it’s almost here. Sometimes the best way to fill the lull from one busy period to the other is without much structure at all. My soul’s been craving a period of rest, and hopefully this downtime will give me the drive and energy to tackle the summer and my upcoming senior year head on!

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